18 Feared Dead In Lagos–Ibadan Express Auto Crash

Accident, Lagos - IbadanEighteen people are said to have lost their lives during an accident along the Lagos – Ibadan expressway in southwest Nigeria.

A fuel laden tanker had collided with an 18-passenger bus, killing all the occupants including the driver on the spot.

The accident, which occurred at about 1:00 p.m. on Sunday around Fidiwo-Ajebo axis of the express road, involved a cement truck marked AJG 40 XA, a petroleum tanker truck with registration number RAN 571 XA and a passenger bus marked AGL 373 XR.

Reports say that the fuel laden tanker had attempted to overtake the cement truck at a road diversion point before a head-on collision with the passenger bus which was travelling to Lagos.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, also confirmed the incident.

He explained that there had been an ongoing repair works along the expressway, which necessitated the road diversion at the point of the crash.

Personnel of TRACE, the Police and that of the Federal Road Safety Corp were at the scene for rescue operation.

Mr Akinbiyi stated that he was not sure whether the corpses of the victims would be taken to a morgue in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, or that of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu in Ogun State, until all the dead bodies were evacuated.

Kogi Election: IG Of Police Meets Squadron Leaders

kogiAttention seems to be shifting to Kogi State as the governorship election holds on Saturday.

The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, who has been meeting with squadron commanders of the police mobile force across the country, explained that strategic steps were being taken by the Police to ensure that the forthcoming election in the state is hitch-free.

He told journalists on Tuesday in Lokoja that all operational issues in respect to the election had been taken care of, adding that the Police would be working with operatives of other security agencies during the polls.

“We are going to draw on the manpower profile of the service commanders that are here; the Federal Road Safety Corp, the DSS, Immigration, Customs, Prisons and the military.

“While the military is not permitted to be physically present in election duties, nothing prevents them from helping us to shut down or lock down some areas which we think would pose serious crisis,” he said.

IGP Arase said that he was counting on his men, their strength, commitment and loyalty, for a successful exercise.

FRSC To Investigate Issuance Of Fake Drivers License

FRSC To Investigate Issuance Of Fake Drivers LicenseThe Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) has vowed to investigate the issuance of fake Drivers License in Nigeria.

The declaration made on Tuesday was consequent to an observation made by a civil society group, Cleen Foundation, that the integrity of the FRSC might be at stake if the issuance of fake Drivers License continued.

The group told reporters in Abuja on Tuesday that the observation was sequel to a survey which was conducted on Drivers License application and renewal across six states in Nigeria.

The Executive Director of Cleen Foundation, Mrs Kemi Okenyodo, decried the number of agents, who had taken up the business of fraudulently issuing Drivers License to Nigerians who wished to boycott the tedious process of license application.

However, the Assistant Corp Commander of the FRSC, David Joseph, said the agency would investigate the matter, stressing that any erring officer would face stiff disciplinary sanctions.

FRSC Boss Tasks Men On Credible Drivers’ Licence System

FRSC-2The Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corp, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, has challenged officers and men of the corp including staffers of Federal Inland Revenue Service and Boards of Internal Revenue to collectively work towards delivering a more efficient and credible licensing system for Nigeria.

Speaking in Abuja at a meeting organised by the Federal Road Safety Corp for motor licensing authority and sector heads of drivers’ license centers, Mr Oyeyemi said that the corp was determined to reduce road traffic fatalities by 50% before the end of 2015.

Also speaking at the occasion, representative of the Federal Inland Revenue Service and Joint Tax Board, Mr Ahmed Jibrin Jibrin, said eliminating drivers’ license and number plate racketeering would improve the nation’s revenue and that of the states.

Federal Road Safety Corps is the government agency with statutory responsibilities for road safety administration in Nigeria.

Founded in 1988, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) operates in all Nigerian states as well as the Federal Capital Territory.

No Plans To Impound School Buses Not Painted Yellow Yet – FRSC

frsc-logoA representative of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) Deputy Corp., Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, on Friday said that the agency had no plans to impound school buses not painted yellow, hinting that such a measure may be adopted after “subtle enforcement”.

“We would not impound any vehicle as at now” he said, during an interview on Sunrise Daily.

There had been complaints by school owners concerning FRSC’s order that all school buses must be painted yellow, to give them a unique appearance, as well as act as a cautionary measure for other road users.

A concerned school owner who chose anonymity had told Channels Television that the directive could not achieve what the Agency said it would, and that it would cost school owners funds which can be re-invested to give students better education.

In response, Mr Kazeem stated that students were being conveyed in sub-standard buses. Recalling an accident involving a school bus in 2009, where some students fell out of a bus and were run over by an on-coming vehicle, Mr Kazeem said that the FRSC was prompted to organise a one-day stakeholder forum to address the issues, in 2009.

He disclosed that after the forum, “a 10-man committee was drawn from different organisations to come up with a policy document on school bus standards and operations.

“Subsequently, the document comprising both the guidelines and specifications for school bus operation was approved by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria governing council.

“In line with the above, the Federal Road Safety Corp in conjunction with SON carried out a nationwide sensitisation of State owned educational institutions, proprietors of primary schools and other stakeholders in the six geo-political zones of the country, between March and July, on the contents of the document.”

He further argued that the uniform colour “is a world standard” which would give school buses a uniqueness while on the road. He mentioned that the idea was a replica was what obtained in the United Kingdom.

He denied claims that buses which were not seen to have complied with the instruction by the deadline would be impounded, maintaining that “subtle enforcement means trying to still continue to talk to people on the necessity of complying”.

The unique appearance of school buses, he said, would cause road users to be “weary of driving dangerously” when driving around them.

At a point during the interview, Kazeem hinted on the possibility of impounding vehicles.

FRSC “Yellow School Bus” Directive Adds No Value To Education – School Owner

school busA directive by the Federal Road Safety Corp, mandating all schools to paint their buses in a uniform colour – yellow, has drawn criticisms from concerned school owners, who have argued that the directive does not add value to education.

A concerned school owner, who pleaded anonymity, told Channels Television via a telephone interview that the directive “has been a lot of challenge to the school owners.”

She argued that the new directive would tamper with the individual identities of the institutions, stressing that “each school has its identity”.

The FRSC had backed its directive with the argument that the new system would give protection to the children on the buses. However, the school owner questioned the logic and maintained that a special training be conducted for school bus drivers instead.

“To us, there’s no way a uniform colour would add value to the education we are trying to pass across to this students,” she insisted.

She also mentioned that the directive would cost the schools a lot of money which should be invested for better education, for the students. “Rather than spend this money on painting buses, why don’t we plough the money back into the schools, into the laboratories, to give value to the students”.

She further disclosed that the Agency had set a deadline of March 31 after which buses would be impounded and would not be released until they are painted yellow.

However, a statement by the Commission, which was sent to Channels Television, read that “there would be a subtle enforcement which would commence by the end of April.”

The Commission also said that the enforcement “would exclude impoundment of school bus(es) or discharging pupils from the bus(es).”

Abia Police Arrest Fake Vehicle Number Plate Vendor, Indian Hemp Dealers

The Abia State Command of the Nigerian Police has arrested a man who specialises in issuing  fake vehicle plate numbers as well as two men in possession of three drums filled with illicit drugs known to be Indian hemp.

Charles Ubani was arrested for printing out fake vehicle number plates bearing the same serial numbers to people.

However, he fell into the hands of the law when he was invited by the men of Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) at Umuika in Isialangwa after the vehicle of a man who he issued out fake number plate was impounded.

A 60 year old drug dealer, Ezechi Ikechi Abiri, who had been in the trade for two years was also arrested. The pastor of his church, Tony Ajuma, was also involved in the case as he had kept the illegal substance at his home.

However, before he could remove the drugs from the pastor’s house, the police arrested him after a tip off.

Briefing journalists in Umuahia, Commissioner of Police, Tilli Abubakar disclosed that both arrests were made after a tip off. He further solicited for information from the public which would help them in making Abia State crime free.

Tilli warned all criminals to stay clear of the state especially as the ember months approaches hinting that his men are on red alert to deal decisively with any act that is capable of truncating the peace and tranquility in the State.